Myopia

Envision Eyecare

Leonard Fuzaylov, O.D.

Optometrist, Eye Doctor & Eye Center located in Flushing, NY

Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is the most common refractive error in America today. At Envision Eyecare in Flushing, Queens, New York, Leonard Fusalov, OD, diagnoses myopia during comprehensive eye exams and provides personalized prescriptions for corrective lenses to help you see clearly. If you have frequent headaches or you struggle to read street signs, call Envision Eyecare or make an appointment online to find out if you have myopia.

Myopia Q & A

What is myopia?

Myopia is the clinical term for nearsightedness. It’s a widespread refractive error that interferes with your ability to see objects in the distance clearly. If you have myopia, you may develop symptoms, such as eye strain, from trying to see things in the distance, headaches, and you might have eye fatigue when driving or playing sports.

What causes myopia?

Myopia occurs when your eyeball is longer from front to back or if you have an irregularity in your intraocular lens. Your eye should focus light onto your retina, but when you have myopia, the light focuses in front of your retina, which distorts the signals sent to your brain.

Nearsightedness is hereditary and usually develops in childhood. If your family has a history of myopia, make sure that you and your children have regular eye exams and get the corrective lenses needed for clear vision.

How is myopia diagnosed?

Dr. Fuzyalov provides comprehensive eye exams, including visual acuity and refractory tests to measure the clarity of your vision and identify the precise lens prescription needed to correct your vision. 

During your exam, you read a series of letters in decreasing sizes from a Snellen eye chart projected onto the wall on the opposite side of the exam room. Dr. Fuzyalov determines the extent of your myopia based on the smallest line of letters you can read accurately. 

Then, he performs a refraction test using a photometer to find your prescription. During this test, you look through a device while Dr. Fuzyalov changes the lenses, and you tell him which lens provides clearer and sharper vision.

Are glasses or contact lenses a better option for correcting myopia?

Glasses and contact lenses both correct myopia. The choice between them is up to you. You may prefer to wear contact lenses because of the undisrupted field of vision or for cosmetic reasons. Or, if you spend hours sitting in front of a computer every day, you may find that wearing eyeglasses reduces your eyestrain. 

However, you don’t have to choose glasses or contacts exclusively. You can wear both depending on your lifestyle and your needs. For example, you may want to wear contact lenses when you go out or play sports and glasses for work or when you’re at home relaxing. Talk to Dr. Fuzyalov about your needs for customized advice on the best option to correct your vision. 

Schedule your next eye exam by calling Envision Eyecare or booking online today.